Share Email Print
cover

Proceedings Paper

Optimization of active electrodes for novel ionomer-based ionic polymer transducers
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00

Paper Abstract

This study expands the number of novel synthetic ionomers specifically designed for performance as ionic polymer transducers (IPT) membranes, specifically employing a highly branched sulfonated polysulfone. Control of the synthetic design, characterization, and application of the novel ionomer is intended to allow fundamental study of the effect of polymer branching on electromechanical transduction in IPTs. Fabrication methods were developed based upon the direct application process (DAP) to construct a series of stand-alone electrodes as well as full IPTs with corresponding electrode compositions. Specifically, the volumetric ratio of RuO2 conducting particles to the novel ionomeric matrix was varied from 0 - 45 vol % in the electrodes. Electrical impedance spectroscopy was employed to determine the electrical properties and their variation with electrode composition separate from and in the IPT. A percolation threshold was detected for increased ionic conductivity of the stand-alone electrodes and the full IPTs based on increased loading of conducting particles in the electrodes. An equivalent electrical circuit model was applied to fit the impedance data and implicated interfacial and bulk effects contributing differently to the electrical properties of the electrodes and IPT as a whole. The fabricated IPT series was further tested for bending actuation in response to applied step voltages and represents the first demonstration of IPTs constructed with the DAP process using 100 % novel ionomer in all components. The percolation behavior extended to the bending actuation responses for strain and voltage-normalized strain rate and is useful in optimizing IPT components for maximum performance regardless of the ionomer employed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6927, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008, 69271Q (10 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776575
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew J. Duncan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Stephen A. Sarles, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Donald J. Leo, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Timothy E. Long, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Barbar J. Akle, Lebanese American Univ. (Lebanon)
Matthew D. Bennett, Discover Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6927:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top